Finally starting the process to
auction 3G spectrum to potential telecom operators, the
government is likely to issue guidelines giving details about
the number of blocks to be sold and other related information.
Ratan Tata, chairman of conglomerate Tata group, has urged the government to allocate spectrum simultaneously to all winners of a forthcoming third-generation wireless auction, a newspaper reported on Saturday.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Thursday angrily refused to answer a question from the media about the outcome of a meeting of the Group of Ministers on the third generation (3G) spectrum allocation issue.
An Empowered Group of Ministers will meet on Thursday to review progress on auction of 3G mobile licences, amid sharp differences between the telecom and defence ministries over release of spectrum (airwaves) for commercial use.
Amid differences between the Defence and Telecom ministries over release of spectrum, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said a decision would be taken according to the existing agreement between the two.
In the face of allegations by
Telecom Minister A Raja that the Defence Ministry was delaying
auction for 3G spectrum, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee exuded confidence of resolving the issue to start the
process in 2009.
With the government firm on auctioning 3G spectrum before this year end, Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar has called a meeting on Sept 11 with DoT and Defence Ministry secretaries to expedite release of radio waves for sale.
The first meeting of the EGoM constituted to take a decision on the pricing of spectrum for third-generation telecom services has got postponed, making the wait for 3G services in the country even longer.